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High Comedy Downfall

High Comedy Downfall

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 20th 2017

In his marvelous 1999 book Conversations with Wilder, Cameron Crowe asked six-time Academy Award® winner Billy Wilder (seven if you throw in his 1987 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award): “Was The F

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Succeeding, Despite Close Calls

Succeeding, Despite Close Calls

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 28th 2017

Born 116 years ago today, Rudy Vallée (1901-1986) had already enjoyed an amazing entertainment career run as a sweetly voiced, seductive crooner, bandleader and radio and recording superstar in the

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Recollected Dream

Recollected Dream

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 11th 2017

On this 55th anniversary of the day the national rollout release began on Elvis Presley’s easygoing “hillbilly family” musical Follow That Dream (1962), fond memories of the entertainer’s impact on

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